Today: marked a really painful day for me. By accident, my badminton partner (a guy who is famous for his killer smashes) smashed the shuttlecock right onto my head. PIAK!
As drawn in cartoon sketches, I really did see stars and my vision went white for a good 5 minutes.
Tears uncontrollably flowed down and it was so painful that the tears continued on to flow profusely despite my mind telling me not to do so. Soon after, I had a growth as big as a golf ball formed on my head. Thankfully it was hidden under my hair. For the next couple of days, I survived on with a ringing sensation and I could not comb my hair.
ALAS, however painful..when told to others it does turn out comical. Haha.
Either way, he was really apologetic and I felt his sincere apologies alright. I was not angry at all but I could not refute expressing the ache. To express how deeply sorry he was, he actually treated me BKT! Nothing works better for me than a good meal…for fweeeeeeee!
We came over to Heng Kee BKT in PJ Old Town, near by the dim sum shop. I had been here once many years ago with my ex-colleagues but the rest of them here with me now were here for the first time.
Coming here on weekends may not be a wise choice (no parking and long queue). The whole restaurant was packed to the brim. Noisy, loud, and filled with tons of hungry faces. It took us a long while to get a table.
The style of serving BKT here is based on plastic bowls. My personal preference would be having my BKT served in claypots and also with thick black soy sauce, which is not available here.
The sliced pork meat were not too fatty, suited to my liking but they were not that tender and colour wise, rather white as well. Average to me. The soup was pretty power packed with herbs and slightly thickened. Pretty good I would say, but the downside is that if you want any additional soup, will be chargeable at RM1/tiny bowl.
The reason was that the cost of herbs went up and this rule was imposed on patrons to reduce wastage of unfinished soups due to greedy orders. Hmmmm…..I am not fully convinced and sold by that story seeing that business was so freaking good here.
The pork ribs portion was supposedly for 5 pax but they did looked more like a portion for 3 instead. Another word of caution, due to the high demand and crazy crowd of patrons, it is best to order everything you need at the first go. As we wanted more ribs since the portion was too little for 5 pax, we ordered a second bowl of ribs but they never came.
The ribs were also average to me. Again, the meat was rather greyish white and not too soft either. I did remember once, a BKT expert from Klang told me that fresh pork meat used for BKT can be differentiated from the unfresh meat when you see a pinkish reddish toned colour on your meat versus a dark greyish white one.
Maybe the style of the cooking of BKT is of such and fitting the tastebuds of PJ Old Towners like childhood comfort food since this place was up and running since 30 years ago or more.
The vegs surprisingly were quite good. Crunchy, not too oily and not overseasoned with garlic.
Total damage per pax was RM18. Not cheap either for such quantity and quality.
My final verdict did not change since my last visit here years ago. The style and taste is just not in favour to my liking and I do feel I tasted better ones and paid a more competitive price for my BKT.
But I believe they do please hearts of many loyal fans and oldtimers who grew up with this BKT. Otherwise they will not continuously have such crazy crowds willingly queuing up to get their hands in these herbal-based pork ribs!
Heng Kee Bak Kut Teh (PJ Old Town)
At the intersection of Jalan 1/9 and Jalan 1/10,
46000 Petaling Jaya
Business hours: 5.00 pm till late, 2.00-3.00 am